Friday, 22 January 2010
Two tree frogs
After several evenings listening to the frogs calling from somewhere deep in the undergrowth, I finally managed to get pictures of them. Because it's still raining heavily, I took these photos from the comfort of my living room. I've already been soaked through once today.
These orange-thighed tree frogs (Litoria xanthomera) sit in low vegetation at the edge of the rainforest and call only in heavy rain. The call is a series of loud quacking growls finished off with a brief bird-like trill. Until the mid-1980s, this species was considered to be a northern subspecies of the red-eyed tree frog (L. chloris), which occurs from mid-east Queensland to northern New South Wales.